Roy Moore, a Republican candidate seeking to win Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old seat in the U.S. Senate, was tried and convicted of pedophilia last week.
No, he didn’t have a trial. There was no testimony, no evidence — there weren’t even any witnesses. But The Washington Post published a story on Thursday saying Moore had “pursued” young women “between the age of 16 and 18” when he was in his early 30s — nearly 40 years ago — and that was that.
“None of the three women say that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact,” The Post said in a CYA disclaimer. But the message was clear: Moore is a pedophile. Late-night comedians immediately toed the line — pedophile, pedophile, pedophile. On Saturday, SNL had a skit featuring characters playing Moore and Vice President Mike Pence.
“This latest news about you is concerning,” Pence says. “Voters in Alabama will never elect someone who’s had relations with a minor.” When Moore denies the allegation, Pence says: “It’s hard to convince people that you’re not into young girls when you dress like Woody from Toy Story.” So edgy.
Google “Roy Moore” and “pedophile” and you’ll get 1.6 million hits. Tried and convicted.
Meanwhile, there’s an actual trial going on featuring an actual U.S. senator. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, has been on trial for 65 days on charges of corruption for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for political favors.
But you haven’t seen much on that case, have you?
“In all that time, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News haven’t even mentioned the trial once,” Newsbusters reports. “NBC’s Today also hasn’t covered this trial at all, while ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning have managed to give it one story each (1 minute, 48 seconds for ABC and 22 seconds for CBS).”
But not so for Moore.
“In the past 24 hours, the same networks that couldn’t find a single second to mention Menendez in 65 days, spent 24 minutes and 36 seconds on serious allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore,” the watchdog reported.
The three evening news shows each spent about two-and-a-half minutes on the Moore scandal (ABC’s World News Tonight: 2 minutes, 48 seconds; CBS Evening News: 2 minutes, 46 seconds; NBC Nightly News, 2 minutes, 38 seconds). Good Morning America spent the most time on Moore with 7 minutes. CBS This Morning came next with 5 minutes and 22 seconds, while NBC’s Today came in third with 4 minutes, 2 seconds.
The allegations against Moore are serious, but right now, they are nothing more than that: Allegations. Like Menendez, Moore is entitled to all rights under the law — the first of which is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
But the mainstream media — and especially the hard Left — have already tried and convicted Moore, even as one of their own sits in a federal courtroom charged with serious crimes.
You just can’t make this stuff up, people.